Neil Gaiman: A Study in Emerald
Winner of a 2003 Hugo Short Story Award
A Sherlock Holmes pastiche transferred to the Cthulhu Mythos universe of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The title is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet. "A Study in Emerald" first appeared in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street, a collection of stories combining the worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle and H. P. Lovecraft, it has subsequently been printed in the anthology of Neil Gaiman's work, Fragile Things.
The story begins with its unnamed narrator, a veteran of a bloody war against the 'gods and men of Afghanistan', where he has been brutally tortured and rendered lame, setting the scene for things to come. Seeking lodgings upon his return to 'New Albion', he meets and strikes up a friendship with a man who possesses extraordinary insight and deductive skill, and who puts this ability to use in the service of the police as a 'consulting detective'.
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